Parasites Complete Check - Verisana Lab

Parasites Complete Check

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With the Parasites Complete Check, we examine for the following parameters by taking a stool sample and a swab test:

1.) Worm eggs
2.) Cryptosporidium spec.
3.) Entamoeba histolytica
4.) Giardia lamblia
5.) Blastocystis hominis
6.) Test for pinworms

Parasites live at the “expense” of the human body – an infestation can last for years without any symptoms or complaints. Recognizing parasites is therefore important in order to stop their further spread as early as possible.

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  • Symptoms
  • Sample collection guide
  • Sample report
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Details
Who should take the test?

Parasites are living organisms that survive at the expense of a host. These are not only large species such as worms, but often also single-celled parasites invisible to the naked eye. The human intestine in particular serves as a habitat for many different parasites. In many cases, infections occur during vacations in tropical regions, but parasites can also find their way into our bodies in our latitudes, e.g. through insufficiently cooked, infected meat.

Symptoms not only vary depending on the parasite, but also depend on the rate of infestation. Often an infestation takes place for years without any symptoms at all or the symptoms are so unspecific that for a long time it is not possible to conclude the actual reason for the symptoms. This makes the diagnosis extremely difficult.

In our Parasites Complete Check, we check your stool specifically for a wide variety of parasites. We examine your stool microscopically for worm eggs, and perform antigen tests for various unicellular parasites. “Large” worms, i.e. worms visible to the naked eye, cannot be detected by this procedure, as these usually remain in the intestine and only their eggs are excreted in the stool.

It is also important to note that the prepatency period until the appearance of larvae and eggs can be very long in some cases. You have to reckon with 1 to 3 months after infection until the eggs are detectable in the stool.

The Parasites Complete Check analyzes your stool sample for the following parameters:

Worm eggs
Cryptosporidium spec.
Entamoeba histolytica
Giardia lamblia
Blastocystis hominis

By using an adhesive strip on a microscope slide, we also check whether an infection with pinworms is present.

In our latitudes, infection with pinworms (threadworms) is the most common worm disease in humans.

Note: Eggs of the fox tapeworm are not shed in the stool and therefore cannot be determined by a stool test. Imaging procedures must be performed in this case.

How does it work?

You take the samples at home, send them back to us and we send you your result with information on the measured parameters. You will find out whether your values are within the normal range and receive valuable information.

What guidance will I get along with my results?

If parasites are found, you will receive information about the exact genus of the eggs or the associated worm. Only in a few individual cases, e.g. in the case of very rare worm species from remote regions, it may be that no more precise delimitation can be made and further examinations (for example at the nearest tropical institute) are required for exact identification.

Although we do not offer medical advice ourselves, we will gladly assist you in finding a suitable therapist in your area. Besides, further information is available on our website, especially in the different test categories, under “health conditions” and the FAQs. Still have questions? Then you can contact us by at contact@verisana.co.uk.

How is my privacy protected?

Samples for our tests are collected in the privacy of your own home. We and our partner laboratories (who may be contracted by us to conduct some or all analyses of your test) take customer privacy very seriously. Only you will have access to this information and we will not share your information with any not authorized third party. All samples are disposed of following analysis.

Test measures
For the Parasites Complete Check we analyze:
  • Worm eggs
  • Cryptosporidium spec.
  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • Giardia lamblia
  • Blastocystis hominis
  • Test for pinworms
Worm eggs

Under the microscope we examine your sample specifically for worm eggs and then determine the possible types of eggs found.

Note: Eggs of the fox tapeworm are not released into the stool and therefore cannot be determined via a stool test. In this case, imaging procedures must be performed. Similarly, pinworms, whose eggs also do not show up in the stool because the worms deposit them directly on the perianal skin.

Cryptosporidium spec.

Cryptosporidium belongs to the genus of unicellular parasites that use various vertebrates as hosts. They occur worldwide and are usually transmitted through contaminated water, but also through raw food or pets. An infection usually heals on its own after a few weeks. However, chronic symptoms can occur in people with weakened immune systems. In addition to diarrhea, symptoms often include weight loss, mild fever, and dizziness.

Entamoeba histolytica

Entamoeba histolytica is a single-celled parasite and causes the so-called amoebic dysentery. The parasite causes purulent intestinal ulcers, which in turn lead to a variety of symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, bloody-mucous diarrhea or constipation. In rare cases, the parasites migrate to the liver, where they destroy tissue and cause abscesses. Often, however, an infection is completely asymptomatic or the disease breaks out years or decades after infection. Transmission occurs, for example, through food contaminated with human feces, but also during sex.

Giardia lamblia

The Giardia lambia parasite is widespread throughout the world. It is transmitted through contaminated food, water (either through drinking water or when bathing in contaminated water) or also directly from person to person, e.g. during sexual intercourse. The incubation period is approximately 1 week. Symptoms range from a feeling of pressure in the right upper abdomen, to flatulence, nausea and diarrhea, to vomiting and fever. Malabsorption often also causes weight loss.

Blastocystis hominis

Blastocystis is not only found in vertebrates, but also in birds, reptiles or amphibians. Transmission occurs via food and drinking water contaminated with feces. It is estimated that about 30 percent of all people returning home from a vacation in the tropics carry Blastocystis hominis. However, many people never develop symptoms.

If symptoms do occur, they are usually diarrhea, nausea and constipation. Since these are very unspecific symptoms, a thorough clarification should always be made to ensure that the existing symptoms are not triggered by other causes.

Pinworm

Enterobius vermicularis is a pinworm about one centimeter long whose only host is humans. The female worms migrate at night through the anal opening into the perianal region and lay their eggs there. Within a few hours, infective larvae hatch from these eggs. The strong itching caused by this leads to scratching, whereby many eggs can get under the fingernails and the surrounding area and thus spread even further.

Symptoms
Symptoms the Parasites Complete Check is suitable for:
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Bloody defecation
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Exhaustion
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe itching of the anus, especially at night
Sample collection guide
General

Please read the following instructions in detail, before starting with the sample collection.

Please download the instructions for the stool sample here:

Please download the instructions for the pinworm/threadworm test here:

Sample report
The sample report

Below you will find the sample report for the Parasites Complete Check.

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Any Questions?

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this test. Your question is missing? Please contact us at:

Do you only get infected with parasites on vacation?

No. Vacations in the tropics may involve a certain risk, but they are not the only source of danger. Infestation by parasites can also occur in the UK. The most common route of transmission in this country is insufficiently cooked and infected meat. In the case of pinworms, infection occurs through ingestion of the eggs or worms via infected feces. This can happen, for example, through infected soil or sand (such as the sandbox at the playground), shared toilets or toys. Young children are especially likely to be affected because they very often put things in their mouths. Worm eggs are very robust and can survive outside the body for up to several weeks.

Does the test show an infestation immediately after infection?

No, from the first infection to the appearance of larvae and eggs takes a very long time, depending on the parasite species. It takes 1 to 3 months for the eggs to be detectable in the stool. The complete development cycle of pinworms from egg to worm usually takes between 20 and 40 days.

Why can't some intestinal parasites be detected with this test?

A few intestinal parasites cannot be detected by stool examination because their eggs do not leave the intestine. These include the fox tapeworm. If this particular parasite is suspected, imaging procedures must be performed for diagnosis.

I took a trip to the tropics years ago, but only recently began experiencing corresponding symptoms.

An infestation with parasites often runs completely asymptomatic for a long time. This often makes diagnosis particularly difficult. Therefore, it is also quite possible that symptoms only appear long after the actual infection.

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